Wrapper: Stalk Cut Connecticut Habano
Filler: Honduran, Dominican, and Nicaraguan
There are two reasons why this cigar is being reviewed today. The first reason is because it has been one of my favorite Liga Privada cigars for a while now. The other reason is because I held a vote last week to see what this weeks cigar reviews would be. This cigar won the vote by a landslide. Therefor this cigar gets reviewed first this week.
The wrapper on this cigar is dark brown and very oily. This cigar clearly has a smooth oily shine covering it completely. The cap on the belicoso tip is perfectly smooth and wrapped. There were a couple thin veins running through the wrapper, but none of them caused me to worry. The tobacco is very tightly rolled and causes this cigar to be solid from cap to foot. The last thing I noticed was the sweet smell coming from this cigar.
The flavors come out of this cigar immediately after lighting it. There was a very strong leather flavor combined with a bit of oak right after this cigar was fully lit. I also noticed a bit of creamy sweetness on the draw. The the cigar slowly progressed the sweet notes picked up. Throughout the first inch, the flavors continued to build.
By about an inch into this cigar, the flavor became much creamier and a little more leather came out. It wasn't until now that the earthiness of this car seemed to poke out. The oak flavor mellowed out slightly. Once the oak mellowed, the pepper tones started to form.
The second third of this cigar much smoother than the first. There was still a little bit of pepper, but not strong. Each puff seemed to bring out a little more spice, but also brought out more sweetness to keep the flavor profile balanced. The combination of oak and leather combined for a very smooth background.
By halfway the cigar was still in perfect balance and remained smooth. The creaminess continued to build while a slight coffee flavor came out. The combination of coffee and leather was perfect. The draw was still very sweet and the pepper had mellowed out a great deal.
The ash on this cigar was light to medium gray. It was also layered and held on until about halfway. The burn was perfect even throughout pretty much the entire cigar.The draw was very easy and produced an abundant, thick gray smoke. The smoke also gave off a very pleasant earthy aroma.
This cigar has some of the smoothest transitions of any cigar I have ever smoked. The complexity is amazing. I highly recommend this cigar. I love this cigar as well as the Liga Privada No. 9, but I like this one slightly more. I give this cigar a 9.25 out of 10.
Thanks for reading,
Zack the Stogie Man